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Goa records 26% deficit in GST, Centre to compensate

Goa records 26% deficit in GST, Centre to compensate

    Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that there is 26 per cent deficit in the Goods and Service Tax (GST) collection in the state. He said that the state government has asked the central government to extend its compensation scheme for GST for three more years.

    Reacting to the recent decision of the Union government to slash GST on hotel room tariff, Sawant said that the move would not cause much revenue loss for the state and that it would boost the economy. He also said that if there is a revenue shortfall, then the central government will compensate the state for the next two years.

    “At present, we will be compensated for next two years and to fill the revenue gap, the central government will take alternative measures. The state government cannot bear such (26%) revenue losses. We have requested the finance commission to extend the compensation scheme for another three years till the revenue is stabilised,” Sawant said

    Speaking on recruitment, Sawant said that a high-level empowered committee has reviewed the recruitment process, and a year-wise list to recruit employees has been given to various departments taking into consideration state finances.

    “Manpower will be taken according to the requirements,” Sawant said.

    On why various departments were notifying written examinations for recruitment despite the circular from the chief minister announcing that all recruitment should be conducted only through the Goa staff selection commission, Sawant said that those advertisements were issued before his instructions regarding GSSC and even their exam dates had been announced before the bill was passed.

    When asked about the health department recruitment of over 1,200 posts, Sawant said that health minister Vishwajit Rane was out of station and that he had the issue with him only over phone. “Once Rane returns, I will sit across the table with him, discuss the issue and come to a solution,” he said.

    Sawant said that he has directed nationalised banks to reach out to the people of the state and make them aware of central government schemes.

    Source- Times of India.